At Beechwold Veterinary Hospital, we understand your pets mean the world to you. That’s why we incorporate the latest technology into our treatment and care. Ultrasound in pet medicine is an important tool that helps us diagnose issues in pets, so you can get your best friend back on track and feeling great again.
What is an ultrasound?
Also known as ultrasonography, ultrasound examinations are a safe method of finding out what is going on inside of your pet. The ultrasound equipment works by directing high-frequency sound waves into a specific area. The sound waves can either be absorbed by, reflect off of, or transmit through the tissues they find. When they reflect off of tissue, the sound waves produce an echo, which then returns to the probe and translates itself as an image that we can perceive.
Using ultrasound technology, we can discover things like blood supply, location, size, shape, and texture of internal organs. While ultrasounds don’t always provide definitive answers, they can help us determine whether further blood work or any additional imaging is necessary.
Why would my pet need an ultrasound?
There are a number of reasons why an ultrasound could help diagnose an issue with your pet. The following is a list of some of the conditions that may require an ultrasound:
- Abnormal blood work
- Cancer staging
- Chronic infections
- Change in urinary habits
- Long-lasting diarrhea or vomiting
How will an ultrasound affect my pet?
There are few cons to ultrasounds—the major one being that it will not work on organs that contain air, like lungs. The technology also does not work on bone, so areas like the spinal cord and brain cannot be examined using ultrasound.
Beyond that, ultrasounds have no negative side effects. They are completely painless. Your pet will not need an anesthetic during the procedure, however, if she tends to become a little frightened or nervous during visits to the vet, a sedative may be a helpful addition to keep her at ease.
The area that is to be examined will likely need to be shaved in order for the ultrasound probe to make complete contact with the skin, but this shouldn’t cause any discomfort. In some cases, where a biopsy is also needed, your pet would need an anesthetic.
Have any further questions?
At Beechwold Veterinary Hospital, we take your concern seriously. The thought of putting your pet through a procedure is not always easy, but you can rest assured we have their comfort in mind. If you have further questions or concerns about what to expect during an ultrasound, or how one could help your pet, please contact us today for more information.